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Panthers steamroll Watertown-Mayer

In dominating fashion, the Glencoe-Silver Lake football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 54-7 victory over visiting Watertown-Mayer on Friday, Sept. 7.
GSL held a 14-0 lead before the Panther offense took its first snap due to a pair of defensive touchdowns by Will Higgins and Zach Mohr.
Higgins brought the Royals’ optimistic opening drive to a soul-crushing conclusion after corralling a blocked field goal attempt and scampering 70 yards the opposite direction for GSL’s first score of the night.
An extra point kick by Damien Silus made the score 7-0 in favor of the hosts with six minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
Fifty-seven seconds later, Mohr picked off a pass on W-M’s second drive and returned it 30 yards for a second GSL touchdown.
Another Silus extra point, and it was 14-0 in favor of the home side, just over halfway into the initial stanza.
A third Royals’ offensive possession concluded without any further damage to their cause, and the Panther offense saw the field at last with 4:26 left in the first quarter.
Two-and-a-half minutes later, GSL improved its advantage to 21-0 on a two-yard touchdown plunge by Riley Ruzicka followed by Silus’ third extra point.
The second quarter began much as the first quarter ended. Higgins notched his second touchdown of the day – his first for the offense – on a three-yard score 75 seconds into the quarter to push the count to 28-0 on another Silus extra point.
W-M managed its lone score of the game on a 65-yard drive midway through the quarter to pull to within 28-7.
However, it took less than four minutes for the Panthers to score again as a 10-yard touchdown run by Jacob Stifter had the scoreboard reading 34-7 in favor of the hosts heading into halftime.
W-M did not fare much better in the second half.
Higgins scored his second offensive touchdown and third overall of the game on a 19-yard run that put the finishing touches on a seven-carry, 113-yard game.
With Silus’ fifth extra point making the score 41-7, GSL began to pull out the starters and plugging in the reserves.
The third quarter came to a conclusion after Charles Urban ran in a touchdown on a two-yard score to make the score 48-7 on Silus’ sixth and final extra point kick.
Running time greeted the fourth quarter, yet GSL found occasion for one final tally.
Mitch Klockmann recorded his first varsity touchdown in the dwindling moments of the game, going in for a two-yard score that brought the count to the eventual final 47-point spread.
The Panthers gained a total of 479 yards in the game – all gained on the ground. In addition to Higgins’ 113 yards, Ruzicka also gained 91 yards on eight carries. The contest also marked the return of senior rusher Adrian Trevino, who went for 75 yards on six carries in his first action since blowing out a knee in last year’s matchup at Watertown-Mayer.
The GSL defense allowed just 171 yards total, 65 of which came on the Royals’ lone scoring drive and another 45 coming on the opening drive that concluded in Higgins’ defensive score. Mohr led the defense with eight total and six solo tackles to go with his interception. Cody Rae and Higgins each had three solo tackles.
Now 2-0 on the year, the Panthers head out on the road this week to take on 1-1 Delano. The Tigers blanked Little Falls 40-0 last Friday after falling 37-19 to Zimmerman in their season opener.